Monthly Archives: December 2015

Toondah agreement to deliver $116m in community infrastructure

The Redlands will benefit from nearly $116 million worth of community improvements through the $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour project.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said a wide range of community infrastructure would be provided to the City at no cost to ratepayers as part of the agreement with the Walker Corporation.

“This agreement offers the Redlands world-class community facilities which we would not otherwise be able to afford, transforming an outmoded and substandard ferry terminal into a magnificent waterfront attraction,” Cr Williams said. “This infrastructure – all $116 million of it – will come at no cost but great benefit to ratepayers.’’

Key infrastructure to be provided under the agreement includes:

• Complete upgrade of the marine channel and swing basin;
• New ferry terminal, ticketing and information facilities;
• A minimum of 1449 car parks, an increase of 71 per cent;
• Bus interchange;
• Waterfront plaza;
• Boardwalks;
• Improvements to GJ Walter park plus new foreshore parks and a water play area;
• Boat and watercraft launching facilities;
• Open space and wildlife corridors;
• Road and cycleway upgrades; and
• Sewerage, storm water and trunk water upgrades

The project is expected to provide more than 1000 construction jobs a year and 500 jobs a year on completion of the project.
“This project will generate an estimated $2.3 billion in economic activity in the region, delivering a modern gateway to Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island, plus sewer, road and ferry terminal parking upgrades, provision of park and other open space enhancements and waterfront boardwalks,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This will be a place for all Redlanders, with greater public open space and access to the waterfront and new public foreshore parklands.
“It also will offer Redlanders a range of new residential options in a vibrant tourism and retail precinct which will also benefit our Cleveland business centre.
“This agreement, which was critical to the project going ahead, has secured community infrastructure for generations of Redlanders while retaining the flexibility for alterations to be agreed following the Federal Government’s review of the project.”

The Infrastructure Agreement will be made public in the New Year.

Toondah Harbour public carparking to increase

Redland City Council will use part of the infrastructure charges paid by Walker Corporation to almost double the number of public car parks available at the Toondah Harbour precinct.

Councillors on Monday voted 6-4 to use the charges to build a multi-deck carpark with a minimum of 500 extra public carparking spaces and the potential for more secure parking as part of an Infrastructure Agreement with Walkers.

“This puts us on track for our city to sign off on the best possible deal we can negotiate and transform a dowdy ferry terminal into a magnificent waterfront attraction,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

“This project will deliver $116 million of community infrastructure at no cost to ratepayers.  This includes a modern ferry terminal that will be the gateway to Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island, sewer, road and ferry terminal parking upgrades, provision of park and other open space enhancements and waterfront boardwalks.

“The intent of this Infrastructure Agreement is that the currently available 847 parking spaces will increase to a minimum of 1449 parks – an increase of 71 per cent.  As Mayor I am committed to this parking being free for our residents.

“Even before this week’s decision to build the extra 500 spaces in the multi-deck car park, more car parks than currently exist would have been provided as part of the project.

“The fact is that with the resolution there will be a minimum of 1449 public car parking spaces available, and the total number of spaces could potentially be significantly higher if a decision is taken to provide additional secure parking in the car park.”

The Council resolution gave Chief Executive officer Bill Lyon the authority to make, amend or discharge a Development Agreement and Infrastructure Agreement between Council, the State Government and Walker Corporation for the exciting project.

“By finalising this Infrastructure Agreement Council has secured community infrastructure for generations of Redlanders while at the same time providing the Walker Group with the confidence to take the project forward,” Cr Williams said.

“Walkers needed the certainty provided by such agreements and without the agreements they may have walked away from the project, so this decision is absolutely critical to this project becoming a reality.”

“This project will change the face of not just Toondah Harbour but the Redlands. It will deliver a world-class waterfront precinct we can be proud of and will put Redland City on the map.

“Today’s resolution is yet another milestone in a 50-year journey to make the Redlands an even more exciting destination.

“It follows the project’s recent referral to Commonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt, kick-starting a rigorous environmental approval process that will ensure this long-awaited project maintains the Redlands’ environmental character and meets community expectations.

“The infrastructure agreement provides flexibility for changes to be agreed if the project changes as a result of the Federal Government review.”

Once signed by all parties the Infrastructure Agreement will be made public, this is expected to occur next month.

The project includes:

–    A new ferry terminal and tourism precinct
–    New marina, marina plaza and waterfront boulevards
–    Greater public open space and access to the waterfront, including a new public foreshore parkland
–    A range of residential options
–    More than 1000 construction jobs per year and 500 jobs per year on completion of the project
–    An estimated $2.3 billion in economic activity in the region.

Industry leaders join the Redlands’ economic advisory board

Information and communications industry executive Samantha Kennedy has been appointed chair of the Redlands’ Economic Development Advisory Board.

Ms Kennedy, the director strategy and innovation for Optus Business, has extensive corporate, government and legal experience across a diverse range of industries.

She will be joined on the board by noted business leader Dr John O’Donnell, the former CEO of the Mater Misericordiae Health Service Brisbane, and Pro Vice Chancellor Partnerships and Pathways at Bond University Catherine O’Sullivan.
Samantha Kennedy








The appointments were announced at a special Council meeting today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the appointments to the board tasked with driving the development of the City’s key industry and employment growth sectors.

“Samantha has an excellent track record and will bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, as well as leadership, to the board,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Her achievements in business development speak for themselves and she comes with a reputation for being highly energetic and results-driven – just the sort of qualities we need to capitalise on the work Council has already started.’’

A former member of the Gold Coast Economic Development Advisory Board and a winner for the International Women’s Day Commemorative Award for Exceptional Leadership, Ms Kennedy will lead a board of representatives from Council and industry and employment growth sectors identified in the Redland Economic Development Framework adopted by Council this year.

Cr Williams said Council was also fortunate to acquire the services of Dr O’Donnell, a very experienced company director and advisor, as well as a member of a range of health care, superannuation and educational boards.

“As a mentor and coach for business and industry leaders, he offers local enterprises an enormous knowledge base that they can tap in to,’’ she said.

“He is a CEO of note and, at the Mater, he managed 7000-plus staff and volunteers at three public and four private tertiary hospital facilities, taking it to more than $1 billion in annual revenue, and is recognised as a national leader in patient clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and staff engagement.

“With our ageing population, I see the health and wellness sectors as providing enormous opportunities for Redland City. Dr O’Donnell’s expertise will be of tremendous value as we seek to broaden our economic base and expand into this growth sector.”

Dr O’Donnell is also an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology’s School of Public Health and Social Work and Adjunct Professor in the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine. He also is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Australian Institute of Management.

Cr Williams said Ms O’Sullivan came with a track record of innovative and successful community, sport, business and academic partnerships.

“At Bond, she is responsible for the strategic development and expansion of the university’s engagement with business, community and industry groups across Australia and the Asian Region,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Her experience and expertise in this field will be vital to the board as it develops educational services as valuable industry for the Redlands.’’

Ms O’Sullivan is also a director of the Screen Queensland Board, a member of Harvard University’s Women’s Leadership Board and a national judge of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, among other appointments.

Ms Kennedy will now look for experienced professionals to fill the other board positions representing the eight industry sectors dominating the Redlands economy: construction, education and training, financial and professional services, health care, manufacturing, retail trade, rural enterprises and tourism.

The board will report to Redland City Council.

For more information or to apply contact Davidson’s principal consultant Peter Murphy on 3023 1036 or

Who’s coming to Christmas by Starlight tonight? (Don’t forget the Aeroguard!)

Who’s coming to Christmas by Starlight this evening?The Redlands’ much-loved Christmas by Starlight family carols evening is kicking off from 4pm at Mount Cotton’s Sirromet Winery! (Don’t forget to bring the Aeroguard!)

Hosted by The Block’s Shelley Craft and television personality Brett Annable, the free, non-ticketed family friendly event will feature more than 50 performers including The Voice Australia’s Darren Percival, powerhouse singing trio Tenori, Redlands’ own internationally acclaimed Mirusia Louwerse and The Voice Kids Australia’s Alexa Curtis.

There will also be an animal zoo, face painting, jumping castles, climbing wall and a visit from Santa, plus plenty of food stalls from 4pm, followed by a children’s show at 5.15pm. The Christmas Carols concert will commence from 6pm, with a spectacular fireworks finale at about 8.30pm.

Free buses will be available, leaving from stops around Redland City, with a free water taxi service leaving Toondah Harbour at 9.45pm. Ample, free parking is available at the venue. Please be patient and allow extra time for entering and leaving the venue. Picnics are welcome (no alcohol or glass permitted).

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Redland Art Gallery seeks Sheelah Mee works

The Redland Art Gallery is seeking the community’s help to bring together a major retrospective exhibition of the late Sheelah Mee’s works next year.

Mrs Mee, who died in October 2013, played an integral role in consolidating a flourishing art community in Redlands and helped grow the Yurara Art Group at Pinklands.

Redland City Council arts spokesman Cr Lance Hewlett said that over the next 12 month it was hoped a diverse selection of Mrs Mee’s art could be assembled into a fitting tribute to an artist who left an indelible mark not only on the Redlands but also the Queensland art world.

“As well as being an artist, she was an accomplished potter and sculptor and had also been a fashion designer and knitter,’’ Cr Hewlett said.

“She also taught students in regional and remote areas through the Flying Art School, as well as being a teacher and mentor at Yurara.

“The Redland Art Gallery is trying to track down her works in all media that maybe present within the community for loan for an exhibition in December next year and would also love to hear stories from those who knew and worked with her.

“During her career, Mrs Mee won many art prizes, held many exhibitions and was honoured for her contribution to Queensland art with an Australia Day medal. She left behind an enormous body of work.’’

Local art consultant and writer Louise Martin-Chew, who will curate the exhibition with Gallery Officer Dominique Macedo, said it was a wonderful opportunity to examine the life and influence of an artist whose activities developed the Redland City art scene into a mature and well-grounded cultural base.


 Curator Louise Martin-Chew and co-curator Dominique Macedo

“Equally, and just as importantly, her involvement in the Brisbane contemporary art scene saw her become part of a groundswell of activity that seeded the thriving cultural milieu of today,’’ Ms Martin-Chew said. “Her own art activity, noted by critics of the day, will be showcased in this exhibition that acknowledges her role as a contemporary artist, educator, cultural instigator, mother and wife.’’

All those who worked with and were taught by Mrs Mee or who have anecdotes or her artworks are invited to contact the exhibition’s co-curator Dominique Macedo on (07) 3829 8899 or at

Council’s hosting a huge school holiday program

Redland City Council is coming to the rescue of local parents with another jam-packed school holiday program to keep kids happy.

Coordinated by Council’s Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland IndigiScapes Centre teams, the program runs through December and January and offers a huge range of free or low-cost activities.

It caters for junior avid readers, tech fans, art enthusiasts, environmental explorers, budding bush tucker chefs and more.

The school holiday program begins in December with storytelling and Christmas craft, as well as beading and robot making workshops at the libraries.

This is a taste of what’s on offer when activities re-start in early January:

  • Redland Libraries: Dino story fun, lost world adventures, Goosebumps Day Out, 3D Design and a Mario Kart tournament.
  • Redlands IndigiScapes Centre: Creek critter exploration, baking bush tucker biscuits, recycled craft and ‘Creatures of the Dark’ spotlighting.
  • Redland Art Gallery: APT8 Kids on Tour art workshops and Family Sundays at the Art Gallery.

Some activities do require bookings and fill quickly.

To see the full list of activities and their dates, details and booking information visit

Redland Libraries are also running a Summer Reading Club, open to children, teens and adults.

All you need to do is register online or at one of Council’s libraries and keep track of the books you read to be in the running for some great prizes including tablets, smartphone projectors, vouchers, books and game bundles.

Visit for details on the Summer Reading Club.

Outside the program, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redlands IndigiScapes Centre are also community venues where you can always have a great free family day out.

 Creek Exploring

Welcome to Straddie program rolls out the red carpet

The red carpet will be rolled out for visitors to North Stradbroke Island with the first 18 participants graduating from the inaugural Welcome to North Stradbroke Island program today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the program – an initiative of Redland City Council, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland – would see visitors to the popular holiday destination welcomed with open arms and local knowledge.

“This is a fantastic program that combines the local knowledge and passion of tourism operators with the natural beauty of Straddie to make this wonderful part of the world even more attractive to visitors,” she said.

“We all know Straddie is a very special place with people coming from all over the world to experience its beautiful beaches and cultural history and these 18 graduates will play an important role in ensuring their stay is a special one.

“Having completed a specially designed Welcome to North Stradbroke Island online training course, these graduates have earned the privilege of being ambassadors for Straddie and will now use the skills and knowledge learnt through this program to make tourists feel more like guests rather than visitors.

“Often known by its traditional name of Minjerribah, one of Straddie’s key points of difference is its cultural tourism and it is great that today’s graduates include representatives of the island’s traditional owners the Quandamooka people.

“All of today’s graduates bring their own experience and local stories, which provide great tourism appeal and I congratulate them for their commitment to this program.”

Cr Williams said the Welcome to North Stradbroke Island program was part of a renewed focus on tourism in the Redlands.

“With sand mining being phased out on North Stradbroke Island, tourism will undoubtedly become more and more important for the island’s economy,” she said.

“While Council has no control over when sand mining ends on Straddie we are committed to ensuring the local economy is prepared for the transition.

“The Welcome to Straddie program is part of the $170,000 State-funded “Signature Straddie Package” – a program delivering a range of tailored tourism-led initiatives over the next two years, delivering economic benefits to the city.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie said the program would build on Straddie’s reputation as an internationally renowned tourist destination.

“Tourism is more than just long beaches and great views, it is also about creating a welcoming environment for visitors and this program will help achieve this,” he said.

“I congratulate today’s graduates and encourage other tourism operators to be part of the program.”

The Welcome to North Stradbroke Island program is part of the overarching Brisbane Welcomes the World Program, which builds the Brisbane region’s reputation as one of the friendliest places in the world by making a world of difference to its visitors.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he was delighted that a legacy of the G20 was now being embraced by North Stradbroke Island.

“Such was the success of the Brisbane Welcomes the World program that it is now being rolled out into the wider Brisbane region to ensure our visitors receive the warmest welcome and go home with lasting memories that they will share with friends and family.”

The Welcome to North Stradbroke Island online modules can be accessed here.

Welcome to Straddie

Get Ready Straddie packs for holidaymakers

This weekend North Stradbroke Island accommodation providers will receive emergency packs giving visitors all the vital information about what to do in the event of an island natural disaster.

A joint project between Redland City Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will see 500 packs delivered across the Island with emergency contacts, evacuation points and other key information.

Redland City Mayor said the ‘Are you ready Straddie?’ information pack would include everything visitors need to know to prepare for, respond to and recover from a natural disaster.

“As we know from the January 2014 fires, emergency situations do happen on North Stradbroke Island, and these present unique challenges for emergency services and island residents and visitors,” she said.

“We have extensive disaster planning in place to respond to any event, but residents and visitors also have a role to playing ensuring their own safety and the safety of their loved ones and property.

“We have spent significant time preparing and providing emergency information for island residents and this weekend’s delivery will complement this by ensuring holidaymakers also have ready access to all the information they need.”

QFES Station Officer and Island resident Bill Ewing said Island QFES volunteers would make the deliveries and be available to answer questions.

“Straddie’s peak holiday season coincides with the height of the storm and bushfire season, so the timing is perfect to spread this message,” he said.

“The ‘Are you Ready Straddie?’ packs are another great example of the partnership between QFES and Redland City Council working to build a safer community.”

For more information on disaster planning in Redland City, visit

Get ready straddie

Council voices concern on Gold Coast Speedway

Redland City Council has gone into bat for residents in Redland Bay who are opposing a Gold Coast speedway and motorsport complex that could cause noise and traffic disruptions for Redlanders in the south of the city.

Councillors today supported a notice of motion by Cr Julie Talty to commission an independent peer review of the noise impacts and planned mitigation measures for the proposed Loves Speedway and Motorsport Complex, an application currently being considered by Gold Coast City Council.

Cr Talty said, if built, the proposed speedway would be located at Loves Road, Alberton in Gold Coast City and could have a direct negative impact on many Redland residents.

“Redland Bay residents recently attended a Council meeting and I have discussed concerns about the proposed project with many residents from Southern Redland Bay.

“This site is outside our City boundaries, but many of our residents live a short distance away, across the Logan River,” she said.

“The facility proposed plans for activities including drifting, monster trucks, carting and motocross.

“Our understanding is that the planned facility will also include a legal drag-racing stretch of more than 200m.

“Obviously this has the potential to cause considerable noise issues in residential areas of Redland Bay.

“There are also environmental and traffic management impacts on Redland Bay that need to be considered.

“We share our residents’ concerns about this proposed development and will now seek an independent review of noise impacts, and make a submission based on these findings during the public notification period.

“While we encourage the development of regional attractions, the scale of this Gold Coast complex seems incompatible with its proximity to residential areas.

“We will be writing to and urging Gold Coast City Council to fully consider Redland Bay locals in their decision-making process.”

Parks and conservation land to stay put

No local parks or environmental land will be lost after Councillors today supported a move from Mayor Karen Williams to rule out rezoning Council owned open space and conservation land in the new Redland City Plan.

Cr Williams said she had taken the step to remove once and for all any suggestion that local parks could be rezoned for development through the city plan process.

“This is democracy in action – we asked for feedback from residents and they told us they didn’t want local parks and conservation land rezoned so today I have moved to rule this out,” she said.

“Today’s decision effectively asks Council officers to remove the proposed rezoning of land zoned open space, conservation or environmental protection from the City Plan process.

“There has been a great deal of discussion around the proposed rezoning of Council owned land and I personally have had many meetings and fielded numerous phone calls, so no doubt there will be a lot of residents happy with today’s decision.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision showed the Draft City Plan public consultation period was the correct process to receive feedback on the proposed land rezoning.

“This process has worked and we have listened to the feedback and acted immediately to remove the rezoning of land zoned open space, conservation land and environmental protection for development from the city plan,” she said.

“By including all proposed rezonings in the draft City Plan it gave residents the opportunity to see the full picture and provide feedback as part of a well-publicised statutory process.

“This process follows a number of studies completed over the years to identify land surplus to requirements, including Council’s Open Space Strategy, so it has been many years in the making but at the end of the day the people have spoken.”

Cr Williams said the intention was never to dispose of popular community parks but rather to find better ways to use currently under-utilised land.

“Council owns 7,779 parcels of land so it makes sense for us to look at those land holdings from time to time to make sure they are working for the community,” she said.

“An important part of that process of asking the community what they think and in this case the community has shown clearly that they do not want any parks or conservation land developed, so they won’t be.”